MESA, Ariz. — Efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus have altered the most typical and routine daily behaviors; and air travel has not escaped this new reality. The airline industry has been significantly impacted as the country shut down and people
were encouraged to stay at home. Nationwide, year-over-year passenger activity numbers have dropped an average of 95%.
Since the global pandemic began in March, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (Airport, Gateway Airport) has worked to modify its operations to protect employees and customers from the COVID-19 virus. As states across the nation begin to reopen, Gateway Airport has
seen a steady increase in the number of air travelers flying in and out of the Airport. In preparation for the return of passengers, the Airport established an action plan called
Stay Healthy, Fly Safe. This plan follows recommended Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and focuses on the health and safety of all passengers, guests, and Airport employees.
- Signage and floor markings throughout terminal promoting physical distancing.
- All Gateway Airport staff are required to wear face coverings when in the terminal.
- Enhanced terminal cleaning and sanitizing schedule with a focus on high-touch areas.
- Hand sanitizing stations located throughout the terminal area.
- Reduced terminal seating capacity.
- Installation of plexiglass barriers at airline ticket counters and TSA checkpoint.
- Allegiant Air will be providing a Health Safety Kit to all travelers onboard the aircraft that includes a mask, gloves and sanitary wipes.
- Alternate use of baggage claim carousels when feasible.
- Ray Road Economy Lot and shuttle service is closed until further notice.
- Encourage use of the Cell Phone Lot for curbside passenger pick-up.
Updates, changes and further information about this plan can be found at
www.gatewayairport.com/coronavirus or on Gateway Airport Social Media channels.
“Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority (PMGAA) would like to thank our customers, Airport partners, and staff for embracing the
Stay Healthy, Fly Safe initiative,” said Executive Director/CEO J. Brian O’Neill, A.A.E. “Our goal is to provide a safe and healthy travel experience for everyone coming to Gateway Airport.”
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About Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport:
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority (PMGAA). The Airport welcomes almost two million passengers each year and offers nonstop service to approximately 50 domestic and international destinations on
Allegiant, Swoop, and WestJet.
Corporate, military, and general aviation customers are served by Gateway Aviation Services, a 24-hour full-service airport-operated fixed base operator (FBO).
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Media Contact:
Ryan Smith, Director, Communications and Government Relations